Yesterday I read quite a blog review of the new Lone Ranger movie, and I can sum it up in one sentence. Don't waste your hard-earned money. I knew something was up when they cast Johnny Depp as Tonto, as opposed to a Native American actor. Granted, I like Johnny Depp. He's a fine actor, but he's known for playing eccentric characters, and according to what I'm reading, this interpretation of Tonto isn't just eccentric, it's downright bizarre. Tonto is a few bricks short of a load and he spends his time "feeding" a dead crow. (Eew! Wouldn't that get kind of stinky after awhile?)
Again, according to the blogger, the movie is both graphic and extremely violent--certainly not suitable for family viewing. Suffice to say this isn't The Lone Ranger that I grew up with, and I find that very disappointing. Granted, the Clayton Moore series had it's flaws too, but it was essentially about the difference between right and wrong, and good ultimately triumphing over evil. After reading the review, I'm not really sure what the point of this new version was. All I can tell you is that between the cost of the ticket, the popcorn and a soda, I'm usually out a good thirty bucks every time I step into a movie theater. (Which doesn't happen too often anymore.) If I'm going to have to put up with kids running up and down the aisle and some bonehead texting on his phone it'd better be good. Somehow I don't think I'm going to pony up for this one. Might not put it on my Netflix list either. That'd be two hours of my life that I could never get back.